Dorothy Marie (Malone) Christopher was born in Seaton, Mo on September 27, 1928 to Grover Cleveland “Cleve” and Alpha Jane (Payne) Bowen. She was received into glory on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 91 years of age.
She grew up on a 160 Acre farm in Seaton, Mo. where she attended a one-room school house that she had the opportunity to re-visit about a year ago. The look in her eyes and the smile on her face as she reminisced about her childhood days sharing this place with her friends and family was priceless. Although, times were tough during these early years, Dorothy would describe them as always having everything they needed…plenty of food on the table and a family that always surrounded her with love. The school yard served as the place to gather, at times, for old time Church Tent Revivals, thus, being the place where she gave her life to Christ at a very young age.
Dorothy’s youngest brother was killed during WWII in Northern Italy in 1944 which resulted in Dorothy dropping out of school to help her mother. A few years later she did receive her GED from Columbia. Several years later she took evening Insurance Courses at Rockhurst University, while working a full time job and raising her three boys. She became highly successful in the Insurance industry starting in 1964 and retiring from Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company in 1994.
Although, Dorothy was a very successful businesswoman, nothing compared to her greatest achievement – raising her three sons to love and serve her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She dearly loved her sons and spoiled them rotten. There was never any doubt that her sons loved her with all their hearts. When she was blessed with grandchildren and great grandchildren, she adored each and every one of them. Their fun and laughter always brought great joy to her heart.
After retiring and moving to Osceola in 1994, she met a man, Charles “Stanley” Christopher, that she fell in love with and he instantly became a beloved part of the family. He loved to fish and hunt. Dorothy loved to fish with everyone and could often be heard telling “Stanley” to set down in the boat so he didn’t fall in, but when the day was done, they had some amazing fish fries that they shared with anyone that wanted to join them at their table.
She was preceded in death by her husband Charles “Stanley” Christopher, two sons Gordon William Malone and Kim “Gregory” Malone and their father William Thomas Malone, her parents, Grover Cleveland “Cleve” and Alpha Bowen, her sisters Hazel Happel and husband Carl, Irene Simbeck and husband Jake, her brothers “Grover” Cleveland Bowen and wife Aslee, and Albert Bowen and wife Hazel.
Dorothy is survived by her son, Douglas Malone and wife Roxy, her grandchildren, Aaron Malone and wife Sarah, Adam Malone and wife Kristin, Jenny Hughes and husband Curtis, Angela Chambers and husband Wade, Joe Malone and wife Kari, Danny Kendrick and wife Racheal, her daughter-in-law Teresa Malone, and her seventeen great-grandchildren whom she loved with all of her heart.
She touched so many lives in such a positive manner. There are no words to express the amount of happiness and love she brought to her friends and family, and how dearly she will be missed.
Mary Pruett saysFebruary 1, 2020 at 9:47 pm
Doug and Roxy and Family Thank you so much for sharing your mom. She was a special lady for us all. We all … in our family have shared great memories with her. Love Kevin and Mary Pruett and family